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ref commission advice

Before I start, I'm gonna say that I understand that every artist does things differently and I should always check their TOS before commissioning them. But I'm asking for advice on these things in a "is this normal/customary" kind of way.

I've never commissioned a ref sheet before and I'm not sure how to go about it because of two big questions I have.
  1. It's pretty common to see clean and dirty versions of ref sheets. If I wanted both, would I have to pay extra to get two copies...? Did you have to pay extra for both copies?
  2. Is it considered...impolite or rude to ask for a .psd/.sai file of your ref sheet? For example if later you want to change the text because you edited the character. If not would this cost extra too usually?
Any advice on this would be appreciated, like I said I know everyone is different but I want to see if there's a general consensus.

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Oct. 2nd, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
1. Pretty much going with everyone else on this one. It depends on the artist. Personally, I wouldn't charge extra. I just do lineart with flat colors, and closeup detail shots of things are included in the price. The only time I'd charge extra is if it was like, to quote funkicarus "an extremely complex tattooed quadrupal mecha-dong." Because that's like the best description ever and it bears repeating.

2. Depends on the artist again. I'd be totally willing to do a semi-merged lower resolution PSD, especially if the only thing that was being changed was the text. Semi-merged being the only separated layers would be background, actual art, and text.


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